Missouri golf coach Caroline Westrup wants to upgrade the program

Caroline Westrupt’s coaching journey was almost predictable from the start. After all, her father, Charlie, pulled her off, heading the Norwegian Golf Association since she was eleven, and moving the family out of Sweden.

“I just see what he has done with the players and how grateful they are to him and dedicate their careers to him,” said Westrup. “It was very inspiring to see what he did.”

Now, Westrup has been tasked with leading the Missouri women’s golf team as its new head coach. She takes over after her predecessor Stephanie Bresmer transitioned into a development role in MU athletics after leading the program since the 2000-01 season.

Westrup spent last season as an assistant in Georgia, where she went after beginning her coaching career at IMG Academy in Florida. She started coaching after ending her professional career in 2018.

Now, she said she’s willing to try to push the Tigers forward in the SEC, and she has some traits she inherited from her father to help.

“Being just a leader, and a vocal leader,” said Westrup. “And creating relationships, and making sure that you know your student-athletes on a personal level, not just on a golf level, is very important.”

However, Westrob said expectations would be high for the Tigers.

“Being a coach is tough, and she kind of loves it so much,” Westrob said of her coaching style. “I still care about student-athletes, but then don’t try to coat them with sugar. I will be very clear and say how it is.”

Westrup has big goals for the program. The Tigers have never finished better than 8th in the SEC Championship and ran 14th last year.

In five years, Straub said she’d like to see the show take a step toward national prominence.

“Hopefully we’ll be out there and really compete inside the SEC, we play the Nationals every year and we’re out there in competition so we can win a national championship,” Westrup said.

It has the support of sports director Desiree Reed-Francois, who issued a statement praising Westrup when the hire was announced.

“Coach Westrup’s determination, tactical experience and recruiting abilities stood out from an impressive field,” said Reed Francois. “Her broad experience and success as an amateur and professional golfer combined with her methodological approach, focus on student-athletes, and ability to build community were difference-makers as we moved through the research process.”

Westrup said it will focus on recruiting international players as part of its strategy to strengthen the program. She has experience in this field, having come to the US by herself to attend Florida State from 2005 to 2009.

She achieved success in Tallahassee, being named four times All-America and inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. Benefiting from amateur success in a professional career, she competed on the LPGA among other professional tours.

“I know what it takes to get to the top,” Westrup said. “I am very competitive. I just want to change the culture a little bit for the women’s programme.”

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